Krista’s Story: “maybe they even think that women should take it as a compliment. I am here to say this: we DO NOT.”

As I was walking into work, dressed professionally in heels and a nice top, a man in a car at a red light whistled. As I turned to give him a “grow up” look, he turned to his friends in the car and started laughing. I’m not a psychic, so I can’t be sure of what was so funny. But the experience, like so many before, left me feeling self-conscious. A whistle may seem harmless to some men; maybe they even think that women should take it as a compliment. I am here to say this: we DO NOT. If you think a girl looks nice, maybe you should get the nerve to ask her out. To be sure, you have more of a chance with an attractive woman when you show interest in ACTUALLY getting to know her. Whistles are degrading–do I look like a housepet? Is that supposed to get my attention? Any decent, self-respecting guy does not stoop to such a level. So, next time you are driving around with your friends and see a woman walking down the street that you find attractive, think twice before vocalizing. If something in your head tells you that you may have just seen the girl of your dreams, find a creative, non-creepy reason to stop and see if she has a personality to match. Otherwise, keep your eyes on the damn road!!

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